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Why Juicing and Smoothies Aren’t Just a Fad

July 16, 2014

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The juicing and smoothie craze has been going strong for some time now, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, you might be wondering what the fuss is—how much can a glass of green liquid really do for you?

Quite simply, a lot.

Still need convincing? Consider Kris Carr, who was diagnosed at age 31 with an extremely rare and incurable stage IV cancer. Given an imminent expiration date and advised to have a double organ transplant, Kris decided instead to turn to food as medicine. By adopting a plant-powered diet—including tons of juicing and smoothies—she was able to boost her immune system and increase her longevity, sans surgery. Ten years later, she’s not only surviving, but thriving.

So if a little glass of green liquid can fight back this powerfully against cancer, just think what it can do for the rest of us! By incorporating the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals of juices and smoothies into your diet, you’ll find that you sleep better, think more clearly, have more energy, and get sick less frequently.

Plus, it doesn’t even need to be a daily habit—just adding a juice or smoothie a few times a week is enough to make a difference. Of course, most of them are so tasty you’ll probably be craving them more often!

Here’s one of Kris’s favorites to get you started:

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This is just one of the recipes in Kris Carr’s new Crazy Sexy Juices & Succulent Smoothies digital e-guide.  It includes 60 recipes, plus tips on picking produce, saving time and money, and ways to make juicing a habit that sticks! Buy your copy before 5PM EST on July 21 to get a 25% discount with the coupon code: SUMMERSALE

About the author

Kate Willsky is the Editorial Manager for Wellness Today. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and loves experimenting with new vegetarian recipes, scoping out farmers' markets, and making never-ending lists of restaurants to try out. As a certified yoga instructor, she enjoys taking classes from other yogis and exploring different styles and philosophies whenever possible.